Chinese search giant Baidu is increasingly shifting its business focus from Internet services to artificial intelligence applications. At the Baidu Create conference in Beijing, company president and COO Lu Qi revealed Baidu runs world's largest artificial neural network. The company has over 2,000 staff members working on AI research & development.
The back end of AI-based computing platforms is smart cloud computing which provides not only large-scale computing resources but also a great deal of professional knowledge of medical care, education, transportation and others, Lu noted. The front end of AI-based computing platforms is not only computing equipment but also a combination of sensors, ICs and smart software to connect everything with the cloud, Lu said.
Compared with other technologies, AI is distinctive that data is carrier of knowledge and knowledge can be obtained from data via using good algorithm methods matched with hardware and software, Lu explained.